Mainholm Country Lodge, a restored elegant and romantic Victorian manor, located 10 minute's drive from Tapanui, midway between Dunedin and Queenstown in West Otago, New Zealand.
Built as a grand family home about 1910, the manor is rich with history and now provides luxury boutique style accommodation for travellers passing through or those wishing for a quiet romantic getaway.
Located in an area renowned for its Tuscan-like scenery and rolling green hills, this bed and breakfast is ideally situated for exploring the best of New Zealand's South.
Luxury & Elegance
Rooms & Suites
Enjoy the full splendor of Mainholm during your stay. Meander the gardens, fish in the stream, sip tea on the sunlit front porch or savor a glass of wine on the first floor balcony with panoramic views of the nearby mountains and West Otago farmlands. There is complimentary tea and coffee, full kitchen for those who wish to self-cater, lounge room and reading/sitting rooms. Mainholm is a licensed premises with a well stocked bar and extensive wine cellar - alcohol is available for purchase. Wifi is available throughout the premises.
Cooked or Continental Breakfast
Enjoy a complimentary cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast or a continental breakfast, when you book accommodation with us.
Upon request and subject to kitchen availability, an evening meal can be prepared for you. Two courses consisting of dinner and dessert from $48pp. *Alcohol available for purchase.
Activities & Experiences
Things to do....
Mainholm Country Lodge is the perfect base to explore the local Tapanui, West Otago area, as well as a range of tourist hotspots all within 1-2hrs away including: Cromwell, Lawrence, The Catlins, Nugget Point, Gore, Invercargill, Bluff, Riversdale, Dunedin and Queenstown.
Fishing - The season is open October through April. Guided fishing tours/lessons incl. lunch and transport can be arranged. The area is world renowned for it's wild brown trout fly fishing. Priced from NZ$150 to NZ$300 with guide. There is a cost for an independent fisherman.
Walks - Whisky Gully has three walks, one of 10 min. with level walking, the other walks are between 2-7hours, encompassing waterfalls, steep terrain and are exposed to weather. Reasonable footwear or sturdy shoes are required. Lunches packs available upon request for a fee.
Duck Shooting - Season is from the 1st Saturday in May until end of June. A firearms licence is required. Local shooters will take you to the best locations.
Hunting - Hunting trips can be arranged with local guides. The near-by Blue Mountains provide excellent hunting with the quarry mainly pigs, Fallow deer, and Red deer. Hunger packs are available. Cost is typically NZ$100 to NZ$300 per day out.
Golf - The near-by township of Tapanui has an excellent 18 hole golf course and there is also a nine hole course at Heriot. Both have excellent club houses. Gore, is 20 minutes drive away and has a top class 18 hole course.
Wilderness Dining - Eat beside nature at idyllic Leithen Glen in the heart of the Dusky Forest or walk through the forest and find your own spot. Hamper baskets available. There are many beautiful West Otago picnic spots.
Plant Nurseries - In nearby Tapanui is Blue Mountain Nurseries, famous for rhododendron and the National Ivy Collection.